21. januar 2013

Decembrsko branje

The Wise Man’s Fear

Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear

»Then, since tiny profits weren’t going to be enough, I made two batches of yellow emitters. When used to make a sympathy lamp, their light was a pleasant yellow very close to sunlight. They were worth quite a bit of money because doping them required dangerous materials. Heavy metals and vaporous acids were the least of them. The bizarre alchemical compounds were the truly frightening things. There were transporting agents that would move through your skin without a leaving a mark, then quietly eat the calcuim out of your bones. Others would simply lurk in your body, doing nothing for months until you started to bleed from your gums and lose your hair. The things they produced in Alchemy Complex made arsenic look like sugar in your tea.«

Nadaljevanje prejšnji mesec prebranega The Name of the Wind. Super! Zdaj se pa začne dolgo čakanje na tretji del :(


The Janus Affair

Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris, The Janus Affair

»He grinned at his little touch of detail in that, and how his design was the reason this secondary keyboard had remained his little secret. Even with Eliza staring at him from the other side of the desk, Wellington didn’t worry about tipping his hand about this portable analytical engine of his. She might have noticed that the keyboard and monitor collapsed neatly not only in its hiding place, but onto itself, reducing the array to a mere twenty pounds.«

Steampunk, nadaljevanje Phoenix Rising. Povprečno, ravno dovolj dobro, da nisem odložil na sredini in nehal.



Terry Pratchett, Dodger

»She sold violets to ladies during the season, and sold anything else she could get the rest of the time. She wasn’t all that bad at being a pickpocket, on account of looking very much like an angel what had been hit on the head with something, so she wasn’t suspected, but however you saw her, she had more teeth than brains, and she didn’t have many teeth.«

Pratchettova zgodba iz viktorijanske Anglije, v kateri nastopa tudi Charles Dickens. Odlično, le prva polovica se mi je nekam vlekla.


Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

Robin Sloan, Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore

»And besides, the third rule makes up for the second: “You must keep precise records of all transactions. The time. The customer’s appearance. His state of mind. How he asks for the book. How he receives it. Does he appear to be injured. Is he wearing a sprig of rosemary on his hat. And so on.” «

Zgodba o vedno odprti knjigarni z zelo čudnimi strankami, ki se prelevi v še bolj čudno zgodbo o iskanju večnega življenja. Priporočam.


City of Bones

Cassandra Clare, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, City of  Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls

»They had passed the bridges of the East River and were heading out into the open water between Staten Island and Manhattan. The lights of the downtown financial district shimmered like witchlight on the water. The sky was powdered with diamond dust and the river hid its secrets under a slick black sheet, broken here and there with a silvery flash that could have been a fish’s tail—or a mermaid’s.«

Na tole me je napeljal Q, pa sem zdaj na pol zadovoljen, da je omenil ta cikel, na pol mu pa zamerim. Prve tri knjige so namreč zelo dobre, naslednje dve pa ne ravno tako. Šesto še čakamo, menda bo izšla šele naslednje leto. Spotoma avtorica piše še prequel (The Infernal Devices, zaenkrat napisani dve knjigi od treh), napovedala pa je tudi sequel (The Dark Artifices). Tema? Vampirji, volkodlaki, demoni, magi, angeli – čorba od vsega skupaj.


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